A Statue of Hope

For many people, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of hope! But why is this statue so important?

The Statue of Liberty was built in the 1880s. Since that time, millions of immigrants have come to the United States. An immigrant is someone who comes to live in a foreign country. Immigrants have come from all over the world.

Until the 1920s, many immigrants came from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Russia. Some of them left their homes because they could not practice their religion freely. Others left their homes because their government was too harsh. All of them hoped to find a better life in the United States. These immigrants took boats to get to America.

The first thing many of these immigrants saw when they got to America was the Statue of Liberty. The statue stands for freedom and democracy. The woman holding the torch is called Lady Liberty. She holds this torch to guide people to freedom. She also wears a crown. This crown has seven spikes. The spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world.

To this day, the Statue of Liberty stands as a hopeful symbol of freedom. Many people from all over the world visit the statue. Immigrants to the United States today do not pass by the Statue of Liberty when they get to the country. But many people continue to immigrate to the United States hoping for a better life!